Martin J. Bogdanovich Recreation Center. File photo: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Martin J. Bogdanovich Recreation Center. File photo: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

A 48-year-old man was in custody Saturday after being arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats outside a recreation center in San Pedro to “blow up some children.”

The incident that precipitated Delbert Steele’s arrest occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday, outside the Martin J. Bogdanovich Recreation Center at 1920 Cumbre Drive, police said.

Steele was in the recreation center’s parking lot when he allegedly asked a person walking by, “Do you want to blow up some children? Do you want to be on TV?” police said.

Officers responded to the location but could not locate the suspect, who they later said was Steele. The alleged threats forced the shutdown of the recreation center and its preschool, police said.

People living in the area then put out information on the suspect through social media, police said.

A short time later a person located the suspect’s car in the area of 25th Street and Western Avenue, used his car to block the suspect’s car and called police.

Officers arrived and took Steele into custody, police said.

Steele was taken to the Harbor Community Police Station and booked on a charge of making criminal threats. He was charged with making criminal threats by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, authorities said.

Steele was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, police said.

Anyone with information on this case was asked to call LAPD’s Major Crimes Unit at (213) 486-7260 or LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7.

–City News Service

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